MDC Introductory Guide to Formative Assessment Workshop
The Mathematics Design Collaborative (MDC) provides instructional tools and professional support services meant to help teachers collect ongoing and immediate evidence of student learning. The instructional tools include formative assessment lessons (FALs), known as Classroom Challenges, as well as formative assessment strategies embedded within each lesson. The professional support services include course outlines and lesson guides for grades 6 through Algebra II that align the FALs to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and offer teachers strategies and guidance for implementing the FALs. The course outline includes a yearlong pacing guide indicating where specific FALs fit into the CCSS-aligned curriculum, resource links for grade-specific units, and frequent explanations of the major shifts for which CCSS is calling. The FAL guides include links to the Classroom Challenge tasks, pre- and post-assessments, and formative assessment strategies.
MDC also offers a video library that shows teachers enacting selected Classroom Challenges as well as student and teacher experiences participating in the Classroom Challenges. The videos highlight specific formative assessment strategies such as analyzing sample student work, listening to students and giving feedback, helping students act as instructional resources to one another, homogenous grouping, whole group discussion, mini-conferencing, surfacing student error, and adapting FALs to special education settings. For every video in the library, MDC offers a video guide that includes a synopsis and context for the video clip, selected excerpts of discussions from the lesson, and guiding questions.
MDC also provides a high school teacher’s MDC story that includes every stage of her experience, her victories and struggles, and how her feelings towards formative assessment and teaching mathematics grew and changed by implementing the Classroom Challenges in her classroom.